Fashion Fix 003: Made in America and Women in Clothes

  1. Fashion Photographer Gosta Peterson passed away last week and the New York Times created a great roundup of his work. Above you see a Henri Bendel ad from 1979 that looks like candid street photography with a touch of symmetry. [New York Times]
  2. What does Made in America really mean? We define it as one of the ultimate forms patriotism, using American dollars for goods produced in the USA. We recorded an episode recently that delved into the American Look and its role in propaganda of American made goods in post-war USA. However, this concept and trend has existed in America since the Revolutionary War. [Fashionista]
  3. To most western cultures exploring the non-binary gender is a very new phenomenon. Fortunately, this is not reality. Multiple cultures have explored and lived with the non-binary genders for centuries. For a quick read Head over to the Huffington Post as they talk about i-D Magazine's most recent short documentary on non-binary fashion in Japan. [Huffington Post]
  4. According to Time Magazine fashion is a lot brighter than it used to be. If you cities live in Stockholm or New York City with a traditionally dark color palette this may be a shock. However, writer Olivia B. Waxman talks with Rafael Gomes, Director of Fashion Exhibitions at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, about the increase in bright colors and patterns. [Time]
  5. If you have followed our podcast long enough you know about French fashion designer André Courrèges. He worked in France and was one of the "pioneers" of space age fashion in the 1960s. While he stands out there were many other designers that looked into the future. Writer and photographer Ambra Vernuccio discusses the space age trend in a recent article. [W Magazine]
  6. Politics and fashion have always had a connection. The Independent (...of all places) writer Kashmira Gander discusses first female UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher's wardrobe and its impact on fashion history. Thatcher's clothing is set to go on permanent display at the Victoria and Albert museum in London soon. [The Independent
  7. Bustle takes on the fashion history of feminism through the 20th century. I am not sure how well you can cover over a century of fashion in one article but I can not judge. What do you think? How did they do? [Bustle]
  8. Levi Strauss & Co. has a blog! Their most recent article ties into the need to preserve history, but also reuse space ethically. One of the Strauss architects constructed a building that is now a school. From the article: "From the San Francisco Friends School is an independent kindergarten through eighth-grade co-educational school that combines rigorous academics with Quaker values that include simplicity, service and problem solving". [Unzipped Blog]
  9. This is the second article on the Fashion Fix that analyzes the dress of a woman. I think it is important to note that as a fashion historian I think it is appropriate. But if you consider dress a reason to judge an individual in the current day, you may be a little sexist. Cue to an article by the New York Times about Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the acting press secretary for Donald Trump. As with Thatcher, the role of the press secretary is very visible, and clothing choices are usually studied and chosen by a team, like a red carpet look. [The New York Times]
  10. This last article comes from a blog that discusses a relevant topic that isn't discussed: Industrial impacts on craft cultures. Are there positives that can come from industrializing material cultures? Read and find out. [Weaving Futures DC]